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The Breakfast Leadership Show with Michael Levitt is a podcast that focuses on helping individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve peak performance by providing insights and strategies on how to lead effectively. The show features interviews with thought leaders, authors, and experts from various fields such as business, health, and personal development.

The Breakfast Leadership Show is recognized as a top 20 global podcast on Thought Leadership by Thinkers360.

Throughout the show, Michael Levitt shares his expertise and knowledge on leadership and personal development, drawing on his extensive experience as a business consultant, coach, and speaker. He also provides practical tips and actionable advice on how to navigate the challenges of leadership and overcome obstacles that may hinder personal and organizational growth.

Some of the key topics discussed on the show include effective communication, building resilience, managing stress, fostering innovation, and developing a growth mindset. The show also explores the latest trends and best practices in leadership, including the role of technology in shaping the future of work.

Listeners of the Breakfast Leadership Show can expect to gain valuable insights and practical strategies that they can apply to their own lives and organizations. Whether you’re a business leader, entrepreneur, or simply someone who wants to improve their personal and professional performance, this podcast offers a wealth of information and inspiration to help you achieve your goals.

Breakfast Leadership Show Michael D. Levitt

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    • 5.0 • 62 Ratings

The Breakfast Leadership Show with Michael Levitt is a podcast that focuses on helping individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve peak performance by providing insights and strategies on how to lead effectively. The show features interviews with thought leaders, authors, and experts from various fields such as business, health, and personal development.

The Breakfast Leadership Show is recognized as a top 20 global podcast on Thought Leadership by Thinkers360.

Throughout the show, Michael Levitt shares his expertise and knowledge on leadership and personal development, drawing on his extensive experience as a business consultant, coach, and speaker. He also provides practical tips and actionable advice on how to navigate the challenges of leadership and overcome obstacles that may hinder personal and organizational growth.

Some of the key topics discussed on the show include effective communication, building resilience, managing stress, fostering innovation, and developing a growth mindset. The show also explores the latest trends and best practices in leadership, including the role of technology in shaping the future of work.

Listeners of the Breakfast Leadership Show can expect to gain valuable insights and practical strategies that they can apply to their own lives and organizations. Whether you’re a business leader, entrepreneur, or simply someone who wants to improve their personal and professional performance, this podcast offers a wealth of information and inspiration to help you achieve your goals.

    Motivation Monday: Chaos, Overcoming the Overwhelming: A New Book by Noah Asher

    Motivation Monday: Chaos, Overcoming the Overwhelming: A New Book by Noah Asher

     
     

     
     
     
    Discussing Noah's Book and Collaboration Plans
    Michael and Noah discussed Noah's recently published book, "Chaos, overcoming the overwhelming". Noah directed Michael to his website, https://www.thenoahasher.com/, where links to purchase the book and other relevant information can be found. Michael expressed his intention to share information about Noah and his work across his network, aiming to increase traffic to Noah's site. Both parties thanked each other for their time and looked forward to future collaborations.

    • 19 min
    Future Fridays: Reinvention of Healthcare with Britt Gottschalk

    Future Fridays: Reinvention of Healthcare with Britt Gottschalk

    Britt serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Geno.Me. Britt’s role focuses on advancing the mission, work and overall vision of the company. She is a Milwaukee native and holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from UW-Milwaukee and dual masters’ degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Business Administration from Elmhurst University.Britt has cultivated a professional background in the healthcare, services, and communications sectors for the last 15 years. She is passionate about championing the innovative ways that Geno.Me is revolutionizing the future of healthcare. In her spare time, she enjoys running, getting together with friends, hitting the dog park with her dog, Brock, or grabbing a bite at local restaurants.Social Media Links:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/g_e_n_o.m_e/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/geno-meFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/yourgeenomeTwitter: https://twitter.com/yourgeno_meDirect Website: https://yourgeno.me/

    • 20 min
    Thoughtful Thursdays: Rebuilding in the Midst of Conflict: Insights on Investing in Ukraine from UBN Network Co-Founder Mark McNamee

    Thoughtful Thursdays: Rebuilding in the Midst of Conflict: Insights on Investing in Ukraine from UBN Network Co-Founder Mark McNamee

    Mark recently moved to Kyiv and co-founded the Ukraine Business Network (UBN), a platform that provides research to industry leaders. The goal is to aid foreign investors operating in the country and ultimately contribute to the nation’s reconstruction.Through panels, reports, and surveys, UBN gives businesses insight into their opportunities in Ukraine during times of war. It works with 4,000+ companies across sectors, including the World Bank Group, UN, Coca-Cola, Radisson, McDonald’s, and the Wall Street Journal.An expert analyst on Ukraine and CIS countries, Mark has spent 15 years tracking the region's political, economic, social, and intelligence activities. He has also instructed at the U.S. Army’s Combating Terrorism Center, teaching counterterrorism courses to CIA and FBI agents.He was previously the Managing Director of FrontierView (Europe), an advisory firm valued at $18M that gives 300+ multinationals market intelligence to help their businesses grow. He has been featured on Bloomberg, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and the BBC.On the podcast, Mark discussesHow do you start a company in a war zone without income or local knowledge?Identifying the right critical skills and market niches for business success in Ukraine.Challenges of workforce development in Ukraine and how to effectively deal with them.https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-mcnamee-58950910/https://ubn.news/ubn-network/https://www.britannica.com/topic/Commonwealth-of-Independent-Stateshttps://ctc.westpoint.edu/https://frontierview.com/https://updatefromkyiv.podbean.com/e/137-analysis-mark-mcnamee-on-ukraine-s-economic-opportunities-and-challenges/https://www.potomac-group.com/podcast/episode-12-mark-mcnamee-on-the-ongoing-russian-war-on-ukraine

    Summary



    Introduction to Mark and UBN Network @ 0:00
    Mark introduced himself as the co-founder and owner of UBN (Ukraine Business News) Network, a company he started with his co-founder Andrew to help Western companies navigate the investment environment and understand the economic and geopolitical situation in Ukraine. Mark discussed his personal and academic background that led him to focus on this region, and his decision to move to Kyiv last October to be part of Ukraine's recovery and reconstruction efforts.
    The Significance of Ukraine's Conflict @ 3:00
    Michael and Mark discussed the importance of recognizing that the conflict in Ukraine is not just about the current war, but is part of a larger geopolitical struggle between Western democratic values and the "might makes right" mentality of Russia and other non-Western powers. They emphasized that Ukraine's fight is not just for its own sovereignty, but for upholding the international order and rules-based systems that the West believes are better for humanity.
    The Human Toll and Resilience of Ukrainians @ 8:26
    The conversation explored the immense human suffering and trauma experienced by Ukrainians due to the war, including the stories of families being separated, people fleeing their homes, and the psychological impact on the nation. However, they also highlighted the resilience and determination of the Ukrainian people to carry on with their daily lives and livelihoods despite the ongoing challenges.
    Opportunities for Rebuilding and Recovery @ 19:44
    Mark and Michael discussed the importance of the work that UBN Network is doing to help facilitate Ukraine's economic recovery and reconstruction, even as the war continues. They emphasized the need for the West to continue supporting Ukraine and providing resources to help the country rebuild, with the goal of eventually transitioning from a wartime to a peacetime economy.
    Closing and Call to Action @ 21:11
    In closing, Michael thanked Mark for his work and encouraged listeners to connect with Mark and UBN Network to learn more about the situation in Ukraine and how they can get involved in supporting the country's recovery efforts.



     

    • 21 min
    Tuesday Tips: Parenting Tweens with JoAnn Schauf

    Tuesday Tips: Parenting Tweens with JoAnn Schauf

    JoAnn Schauf founded Your Tween and You, writes her blog, The Tween Times, coaches parents and adolescents, and speaks at conferences and to parent groups. After earning her Master of Science in Counseling, she worked as a therapist in a psychiatric hospital and served as a counselor in secondary schools and colleges. 
    Her interactions with parents of tweens, who were confounded by their children’s burgeoning adolescence and the influence of technology, led her to write her best-selling book Loving the Alien, How to Parent Your Tween. As the parent of four, she experienced the same challenges and frustrations! JoAnn lives in Austin, Texas and spends her free time volunteering and on the beach in California. You can reach her at yourtweenandyou.com
     

    Summary



    Introductions and background @ 0:00
    JoAnn Schauf shares her background, starting as a fashion major but then transitioning to psychology and counseling. She opened her own business, Your Tween and You, about 6 years ago to help parents navigate the challenges of raising tweens.
    The challenges of parenting tweens @ 2:04
    JoAnn discusses the common challenges parents face when their children transition from happy, compliant kids to more distant, independent tweens. She explains the "trio of trials" tweens face - puberty, identity search, and underdeveloped decision-making skills - that contribute to this challenging phase.
    Importance of parent-child connection @ 6:00
    Michael and JoAnn emphasize the importance of parents staying present and connected with their tweens, even when the kids seem disinterested. Sharing stories, asking open-ended questions, and spending quality time together can help maintain the relationship.
    Strategies for effective communication @ 23:54
    JoAnn provides specific tips for how parents can improve communication with their tweens, such as asking open-ended questions to get the full story rather than yes/no questions that shut down conversation.
    Resources and next steps @ 25:06
    JoAnn shares information about her website, blog, and coaching services to help parents of tweens. She and Michael conclude by discussing the importance of raising happy, healthy children who will become future leaders.

    • 22 min
    Motivational Mondays: Empowering Employers: Unveiling Workers’ Compensation Secrets with Kevin Ring

    Motivational Mondays: Empowering Employers: Unveiling Workers’ Compensation Secrets with Kevin Ring

     Website: https://www.workcompprofessionals.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iwcpkevin/Kevin Ring is the Lead Workers’ Compensation Analyst at the Institute of WorkComp Professionals (IWCP), which trains both insurance agents and employers in how to build a successful workers’ comp program.Employers have been taught that because workers' comp is mandatory, and the policy is the same no matter who they work with, that they have no control and should just shop for the lowest price. But nothing could be further from the truth!Kevin is extremely knowledgeable in the field of workers’ compensation, and he wants to help struggling business owners and employers across America (particularly those in blue/grey-collar industries) limit unnecessary expenses and have more productive and profitable businesses.He has reviewed and analyzed over 1200 experience mod worksheets with clients, and has served as an expert witness in litigation involving the workers' comp premium audit.Kevin has also been published in Rough Notes, Insurance Journal, and other insurance and general industry trades publications, and has been called an "encyclopedia of workers' comp" by accomplished insurance agent and podcast host David Carothers.
    Workman's Compensation for Small Businesses
    Michael and Kevin Ring discussed a potential conversation about workman's compensation for small businesses and entrepreneurs. They highlighted the importance of the topic and agreed to focus on the topic of classifications and premium audit, a requirement for every business buying workers' compensation insurance. They also discussed the potential of reaching larger organizations through their show. The conversation was set to be organic and last between 15 to 20 minutes, with Kevin Ring sharing relevant links at the end.
    Workers Compensation: Employer Responsibility and Prevention Strategies
    Kevin Ring from the Institute of Work comp Professionals explained the importance of workers compensation to employers. He traced its origins to 1911 Wisconsin's Workers Compensation Law, which shifted liability for employee injuries from employees to employers. Kevin Ring emphasized that workers compensation is not just about injury claims, but also about employer responsibility and prevention strategies. He pointed out that the cost of workers compensation premiums is controllable through program setup and injury prevention strategies. Michael D. Levitt facilitated the discussion, emphasizing the need for a better understanding of workers compensation among business owners.
    Workers' Compensation Policy Importance
    Kevin Ring and Michael discussed the importance of businesses understanding their workers' compensation policies, particularly the classifications applied to their policy. Kevin Ring emphasized the need for businesses to work with their insurance agents to ensure the classifications are correct, as they determine the rates businesses pay on different parts of their payroll. He also highlighted the role of the workers' compensation premium audit, which checks if the estimated payroll matches the actual payroll of the policy. Kevin Ring also noted that there are exceptions to what is included in workers' compensation, such as overtime pay in most states.
    Insurance Audit and Record-Keeping Importance
    Kevin Ring emphasized the importance of accurate record-keeping for expense reimbursements to avoid potential issues with insurance audits. He stressed that businesses should consult with their insurance agents to understand what expenses are exempt in their state, as there are variations from state to state. Michael D. Levitt agreed, noting that accurate records are important not only for insurance situations but also for taxation. They discussed the need to correctly classify employees to avoid potential claims and disagreements with insurance companies. Kevin Ring concluded by stating that while insurance companies typically pay by default, inaccurate classificatio

    • 18 min
    Foundational Fridays: Embracing Generational Diversity: A Conversation with Jonathan Sheppard on Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace

    Foundational Fridays: Embracing Generational Diversity: A Conversation with Jonathan Sheppard on Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace

    Jonathan Sheppard is President and CEO of J. Sheppard Associates, a full-service Attorney Search and executive Placement firm servicing top-tier mid-to-large-size law firms, corporations, and nonprofits. Having spent his entire career in the recruiting industry, starting at 19 years old, Jon founded J. Sheppard Associates in January 2000 to place lateral partners, associates, and executives across the legal landscape. 
    Operating from the prism of generational inclusiveness, “The Generationality of Work Today,” Jon advocates for all four generations. “ As Jon says, “We have four generations working together trying to figure each other out. This “generationality” and its issues have brought Jon to The Breakfast Leadership podcast today. 
    Beyond his search business and being a “generational advocate,” Jon also enjoys working on behalf of various charities on issues he is passionate about—currently a board member for Goodwill NYNJ. Jon is also the former NYC board chair for Easter Seals, and his charitable work extends to New York Cares, the 911 Memorial and Museum, The Cristo Rey NY High School, and other notable charities. An avid runner, Jon has completed seven NYC Marathons. He generally enjoys an active lifestyle of golf, paddleboarding, gardening, and outdoor activities with his wife, Susan, and stepchildren in Huntington, New York. 
    To view the videos on “The Generational of Work Today” on Linked In, follow this page :
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/j.sheppard-associates/
    And on Instagram  here:
    https://www.instagram.com/jsheppardassociates/
    Show notes:

    Summary



    Introductions and background @ 0:00
    Jonathan shares his background in recruiting and noticing generational differences in the workplace. He discusses how embracing different perspectives across generations can strengthen organizations.
    Generational differences in the workplace @ 3:32
    Jonathan discusses the four generations now coexisting in workplaces for the first time. Each generation has different needs that must be understood to maximize performance and engagement. Partners must make an effort to communicate effectively with younger associates.
    Creating an environment for growth @ 25:15
    Jonathan emphasizes creating a culture of courtesy, respect, and accountability where different opinions are encouraged. Michael shares how hiring based on coachability and interpersonal skills allowed an employee to thrive far beyond expectations.
    The importance of communication and accountability @ 28:36
    Regular communication and accountability are vital, including self-accountability. Younger workers want mentors present, while partners must be engaged to effectively lead. Progressive firms listening to all generations will be positioned for success.
    Navigating future changes and opportunities @ 30:25
    While changes continue, focusing on including diverse views and giving people stake in decisions prepares organizations to withstand challenges. The conversation emphasizes extending beyond comfort zones and bridging generations through open communication.
     

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Plexter ,

One of my frequent listens

Always interesting and relevant content.

Zach Dugger ,

Calm, Engaging, Personable

Michael has an engaging personality with strong personal experiences that he has lived through to be able to speak into the lives of others today. This firsthand knowledge is supportive for his engagement with others in his community and well beyond. Solid show. Solid work. Solid man.

PaigeBPodcasting ,

Great Show!

Michael continuously brings fascinating and distinct individuals onto the show. I'm always amazed by the interviews; I always walk away with something new and valuable. I'm a big fan of this podcast!

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